Meijer LPGA Classic R2

Record-setting day - and maybe week - for Brooke Henderson

June 13-16
Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


It’s safe to say that Brooke Henderson really likes it at Blythefield Country Club. The eight-time LPGA Tour winner from Canada opened the tournament with rounds of 64, her ninth and 10th rounds in the 60s at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. Her 36-hole 128? It’s the best Thursday and Friday of her LPGA career and the best opening two rounds ever at the Meijer LPGA Classic. Her previous best? A 130, which she shot here at Blythewood en route to victory in 2017.

“Generally, I play really well here,” said Henderson. “You can be pretty aggressive around here and tee shots are key, so when my driver’s working, I think I give myself a lot of birdie opportunities.”

If Henderson keeps up this pace, she is also setting herself up for a Canadian-recording-setting ninth win on Sunday. She notched her eighth career victory in April at the LOTTE Championship to tie Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson as the all-time winningest Canadian golfers.


Focus on speed working for Altomare

Brittany Altomare played 31 holes on Friday after play was suspended due to darkness on Thursday evening. The key to the 28-year-old American’s game on Friday was her short game and keeping her practice routine simple.

“I’ve been struggling this year with my putting, which is normally my strong suit, and I guess last night into today it just kind of all clicked, which is nice to see,” said Altomare, who made 15 birdies on Friday between her remaining 13 holes in the first round and 18 of her second round. “My coach told me not to practice and not to stress over it. And then he said just focus on my speed this week, and literally that’s all I did. I just hit a lot of lag putts just focusing on my speed and it really made a difference.”

Altomare is still searching for her first LPGA Tour victory. She has made 12 starts on the 2019 LPGA season with a best finish of T11 at the HSBC Women’s World Championship. She’s looking for some magic at Blythefield Country Club this weekend, which will be a sure boost of confidence heading into next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the third major of the LPGA season.

“Going into [a major], it’s good to make a lot of birdies and be confident,” said Altomare, who finished second in the 2017 Evian Championship. “My goal’s always to win, but I just wanted to put myself in contention because I haven’t been there in a while and I just love that feeling, so I’m excited to be there this weekend.”

Kupcho making tiring but exciting transition to life on Tour

It’s week three as an LPGA professional for Jennifer Kupcho and the newbie has successfully made all three cuts. On Friday, Kupcho opened the Meijer LPGA Classic with back-to-back 67s and is currently six strokes behind first-round leader Brooke Henderson.

“[My game] is probably the best it’s been since I turned pro,” said Kupcho, who recently graduated from Wake Forest University.” Coming off of Nationals, I’ve been exhausted and haven’t been hitting it the best, and this tournament it’s been very well, so it’s really great. The last couple tournaments I’ve been struggling with that, so just to hit the ball well has been nice. I hit a lot of greens both rounds. I would just say pretty much everything is going good.” 


Kupcho is learning the valuable lesson of digging deep to pull off low scores, quickly learning how to adjust to the grind of playing on Tour and thankfully traveling with her dad, Mike Kupcho, as her caddie. 

“it’s been a really tiring transition from college, but it’s exciting to be out there playing for a living and have my dad with me,” said Kupcho. “He’s seen me play more rounds than anyone else has, so he knows my game the best. I didn’t really want to go through trying to search out a caddie, so I just decided he’s been doing caddying my whole life, so I might as well just stick with it.”

Aces galore at Blythefield

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No. 15 at Blythefield Country Club was the place to be in the first round, as four players drained aces at the 155-yard, par-3 hole. It marks the most aces in a single round since 1992, the earliest year to which the LPGA traces hole-by-hole stats.

Mariajo Uribe kicked off the party on Thursday night with her 7-iron, followed by another ace from Brooke Henderson with a 6-iron just before play was suspended. Haru Nomura and Giulia Molinaro added aces of their own, both with 7-irons, when the first round resumed on Friday morning. And to add to the fun, Lindy Duncan dropped one in at No. 7 in the second round, coming from 149 yards with a 7-iron.

For every hole-in-one during the 2019 LPGA Tour season, CME Group will donate $20,000 to St. Jude’s Research Hospital. With the five aces so far at Blythefield, the season tally jumps to 16 aces and $320,000. The four first-round aces alone cover the cost of a one-week hospital stay for a St. Jude’s patient.

“As soon as I made it, I was kind of thinking about (the donation) and how the money was going to go help some kids,” said Henderson. “That’s just so important to me and I’m just really happy that I could help out in a small way.”

Quick Hits

Round 2 started at 10:45 a.m.

Play was suspended at 9:19 p.m. and is scheduled to restart at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning 


Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
R1
R2
Total
1
Brooke M. Henderson
-16
F
64
64
128
2
Brittany Altomare
-13
F
66
65
131
3
Jennifer Kupcho
-10
F
67
67
134
4
Annie Park
-9
17
69
69
T5
Megan Khang
-8
F
70
66
136
T5
Moriya Jutanugarn
-8
F
69
67
136
T5
Nasa Hataoka
-8
F
68
68
136
T5
Angela Stanford
-8
F
68
68
136
T9
Danielle Kang
-7
F
69
68
137
T9
So Yeon Ryu
-7
F
69
68
137
T9
Jin Young Ko
-7
F
68
69
137
T9
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-7
F
68
69
137
T9
Nelly Korda
-7
F
68
69
137
T9
Morgan Pressel
-7
F
67
70
137
T9
Madelene Sagstrom
-7
F
67
70
137
T9
Katherine Perry
-7
F
66
71
137
T9
Aditi Ashok
-7
16
71
71
T18
Chella Choi
-6
F
70
68
138
T18
Lexi Thompson
-6
F
70
68
138
T18
Su Oh
-6
F
69
69
138
T18
Maria Torres
-6
F
69
69
138
T18
Xiyu Lin
-6
F
68
70
138
T18
Sung Hyun Park
-6
F
68
70
138
T18
Shanshan Feng
-6
F
68
70
138
T25
Lydia Ko
-5
F
72
67
139
T25
Clariss Guce
-5
F
70
69
139
T25
Mariah Stackhouse
-5
F
70
69
139
T25
Karen Chung
-5
F
69
70
139
T25
Celine Boutier
-5
F
69
70
139
T25
Sakura Yokomine
-5
F
69
70
139
T25
Lauren Stephenson
-5
F
69
70
139
T25
Alena Sharp
-5
F
67
72
139
T25
Kendall Dye
-5
F
67
72
139
T25
Jenny Shin
-5
F
66
73
139
T25
Caroline Masson
-5
17
70
70
T25
Gemma Dryburgh
-5
14
73
73
T37
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-4
F
71
69
140
T37
Minjee Lee
-4
F
71
69
140
T37
Inbee Park
-4
F
70
70
140
T37
In Gee Chun
-4
F
70
70
140
T37
Jeongeun Lee6
-4
F
70
70
140
T37
Mina Harigae
-4
F
68
72
140
T37
Hee Young Park
-4
F
68
72
140
T37
Sarah Burnham
-4
15
68
68
T37
Karine Icher
-4
14
70
70
T46
Jing Yan
-3
F
73
68
141
T46
Mi Hyang Lee
-3
F
72
69
141
T46
Gerina Piller
-3
F
71
70
141
T46
Kris Tamulis
-3
F
71
70
141
T46
Kristen Gillman
-3
F
71
70
141
T46
Cristie Kerr
-3
F
70
71
141
T46
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-3
F
69
72
141
T46
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
-3
F
68
73
141
T46
Louise Ridderstrom
-3
F
67
74
141
T46
Jeong Eun Lee
-3
F
67
74
141
T46
Ashleigh Buhai
-3
F
65
76
141
T46
Sarah Schmelzel
-3
16
72
72
T58
Azahara Munoz
-2
F
72
70
142
T58
Caroline Hedwall
-2
F
72
70
142
T58
Jenny Haglund
-2
F
71
71
142
T58
Jaclyn Lee
-2
F
71
71
142
T58
Marissa Steen
-2
F
71
71
142
T58
Elizabeth Szokol
-2
F
71
71
142
T58
Brianna Do
-2
F
70
72
142
T58
Lizette Salas
-2
F
68
74
142
T58
Lee Lopez
-2
F
68
74
142
T58
Katherine Kirk
-2
16
72
72
T58
Kristy McPherson
-2
15
69
69
T58
Alana Uriell
-2
15
69
69
T70
Jessica Korda
-1
F
76
67
143
T70
Dani Holmqvist
-1
F
75
68
143
T70
Laetitia Beck
-1
F
73
70
143
T70
Isi Gabsa
-1
F
72
71
143
T70
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-1
F
72
71
143
T70
Muni He
-1
F
71
72
143
T70
Brittany Lang
-1
F
71
72
143
T70
Lindy Duncan
-1
F
70
73
143
T70
Mel Reid
-1
F
70
73
143
T70
Haeji Kang
-1
F
69
74
143
T70
Youngin Chun
-1
F
68
75
143
T70
Jennifer Song
-1
F
68
75
143
T82
Dottie Ardina
E
F
74
70
144
T82
Ruixin Liu
E
F
73
71
144
T82
Yu Liu
E
F
72
72
144
T82
Stephanie Meadow
E
F
72
72
144
T82
Wei-Ling Hsu
E
F
72
72
144
T82
Sarah Kemp
E
F
71
73
144
T82
Klara Spilkova
E
F
71
73
144
T82
Dana Finkelstein
E
F
71
73
144
T82
Mirim Lee
E
F
71
73
144
T82
Na Yeon Choi
E
F
70
74
144
T82
Celine Herbin
E
F
70
74
144
T82
Mi Jung Hur
E
17
73
73
T82
Daniela Darquea
E
14
72
72
T95
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
F
73
72
145
T95
Gaby Lopez
1
F
72
73
145
T95
Christina Kim
1
F
72
73
145
T95
Peiyun Chien
1
F
72
73
145
T95
Lee-Anne Pace
1
F
70
75
145
T95
Alison Lee
1
F
70
75
145
T95
Dori Carter
1
15
73
73
T95
Pavarisa Yoktuan
1
15
70
70
T95
Mariajo Uribe
1
15
67
67
T95
Ally Geer-Park (a)
1
13
71
71
T105
Sophia Popov
2
F
75
71
146
T105
Luna Sobron
2
F
74
72
146
T105
Jaye Marie Green
2
F
73
73
146
T105
Cheyenne Woods
2
F
71
75
146
T105
Giulia Molinaro
2
F
70
76
146
T105
Hannah Green
2
F
70
76
146
T105
Joanna Klatten
2
F
69
77
146
T105
P.K. Kongkraphan
2
F
69
77
146
T105
Aneka Seumanutafa (a)
2
15
74
74
T105
Brittany Marchand
2
14
76
76
T105
Becca Huffer
2
13
71
71
T116
Pernilla Lindberg
3
F
78
69
147
T116
Eun-Hee Ji
3
F
74
73
147
T116
Linnea Strom
3
F
74
73
147
T116
Tiffany Joh
3
F
73
74
147
T116
Jacqui Concolino
3
F
72
75
147
T116
Sandra Gal
3
F
72
75
147
T122
Jackie Stoelting
4
F
75
73
148
T122
Anne van Dam
4
F
74
74
148
T122
Emily Pedersen
4
16
73
73
T122
Maddie McCrary
4
13
76
76
T126
Suzuka Yamaguchi
5
F
75
74
149
T126
Laura Diaz
5
F
73
76
149
T126
Jimin Kang
5
F
73
76
149
T126
Cindy LaCrosse
5
14
77
77
T130
Cheyenne Knight
6
F
80
70
150
T130
Stephanie Lau (a)
6
F
76
74
150
T130
Gabrielle Shipley
6
F
73
77
150
T133
Kim Kaufman
7
F
74
77
151
T133
Lindsey Weaver
7
F
72
79
151
T133
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
7
16
77
77
T133
Robyn Choi
7
14
78
78
T137
Wichanee Meechai
8
F
78
74
152
T137
Lori Beth Adams
8
F
72
80
152
T139
Lauren Kim
9
15
73
73
T139
Selena Costabile
9
14
76
76
T141
Tiffany Chan
10
15
78
78
T141
Louise Stahle
10
14
78
78
143
Laura Davies
11
F
77
78
155
WD
Haru Nomura
71
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